Our leadership team has more than 90 years of combined experience in education at all levels, from leading classrooms to shaping federal policy.
Our Leadership Team
Executive Director / Navigator, New Orleans
(he/him/his) A New Orleans native, Gary Briggs has attended private, Catholic, charter, and traditional public schools. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science from Texas Christian University and served as a White House Intern in the Obama administration upon graduation. Afterwards, Gary joined Teach For America and returned to New Orleans to teach English Language Arts. He served as 5th and 6th grade Team Leader at Harriet Tubman Charter School for four years. In 2015, his experiences as a student and teacher in New Orleans’ schools were chronicled by The Times Picayune. Today, Gary leads EdNavigator's New Orleans team, supporting families and students across the Greater New Orleans area.
Chief Executive Officer
(he/him/his) In more than two decades in public education, Tim has served as an urban school teacher, organizational leader, and policy expert. Prior to co-founding EdNavigator, he served as President of TNTP, a national education nonprofit focused on recruiting, training, and retaining outstanding teachers for schools serving families in low-income communities. During his eight years in that role, TNTP became a leading source of innovative and widely cited research. Tim began his career teaching social studies at Northeast Middle School in Baltimore. He holds a MA in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in American Studies from Northwestern University. He is the recipient of the Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership and the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two children.
(she/her/hers) A native of East St. Louis, IL, Whitney brings to her work more than 10 years of experience as an award-winning teacher, school principal and instructional expert. Her career in education began in New Orleans, where she moved after Hurricane Katrina to become a founding teacher and eventually 7th-9th grade principal at KIPP Central City Academy. Her extraordinary success with students earned her the 2011 Fishman Prize, a $25,000 award given annually to just four teachers nationwide. Whitney holds a BA in English and Modern Foreign Languages from Jackson State University, a MA in Organizational Leadership from Teacher’s College at Columbia University, and a Master’s in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She lives in New Orleans, LA.
Ava Ivy, SPHR
Director of Human Resources
(she/her/hers) Ava Ivy has more than 30 years of experience managing human resources, shaping high-performing organizational cultures, and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. She was a Captain in the U.S. Army and has supported companies spanning a wide range of industries throughout her career, including Enesco, Cosi, Kraft, PwC, and Coors Brewing Company among others. Prior to joining EdNavigator, Ava served as HR Leader for Cards Against Humanity and as Chief Administrative Officer for Northern Seminary in Lisle, Illinois. She holds a PhD in Business Organization and Management from Capella University in Minneapolis and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in communication from Southern Illinois University. She and her husband live in Great Lakes, Illinois.
Chief Communications Officer
(he/him/his) David Keeling brings to EdNavigator nearly 20 years of experience in strategic communications, marketing, and public education. He has created nationally recognized teacher recruitment campaigns, co-authored award-winning publications on education policy, and written op-eds for news outlets from Education Week to The New York Times. Before co-founding EdNavigator, he served for six years as Vice President of Communications for TNTP, leading the organization’s communications, marketing and publications strategy and advising TNTP staff, state education agencies and urban school systems nationwide on communicating with teachers, parents, school leaders, and other stakeholders. He holds a BA in English from Middlebury College and lives with his wife and two children in Chicago.
Lead Navigator for National Services
(she/her/hers) Meghan Stroh got her start in education as a Teach For America corps member in New Orleans in 2008. She served for eight years as a chemistry teacher and instructional coach at L.W. Higgins High School, where she was named 2011 Teacher of the Year and founded the school’s first-ever AP Chemistry course. She went on to become Dean of Curriculum and Instruction and Assistant Principal at Jefferson RISE charter school before returning to the chemistry classroom at Livingston Collegiate Academy. Meghan has a BS in Chemistry and a BA in American Studies from Texas A&M University and an MA in Public School Leadership from Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Shantelle D. Wright
Chief Program Officer
(she/her/hers) A proud resident of the District of Columbia, Shantelle D. Wright has dedicated her 20-year career to eradicating inequality and advancing educational excellence. Prior to joining EdNavigator as Chief Program Officer in 2021, she was the Founder and CEO of Achievement Prep, an award-winning charter school network in Washington, DC that prepares students in Ward 8 to excel in high school, college, and beyond. Shantelle was selected as one of 13 outstanding leaders to complete the Building Excellent Schools (BES) fellowship, a highly competitive, yearlong training program in urban charter school creation and leadership. She is also a licensed attorney with a JD from The George Washington University School of Law and holds a BA in Sociology from Hampton University.